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The Mobile Market team has been deeply reflecting on and refining the plan for this market season amidst the pandemic. The safety and wellness of the Mobile Market community is our top priority.  This season's program model is shaped by this priority; making space for the countless unknowns we are all facing. We will continue to serve those we’ve built community with over the last 8 years, while taking the necessary precautions to support everyone’s health and safety. We have decided to operate a much more limited schedule than we previously planned. 

We will continue to serve all 10 market sites, but in modified ways. Six market sites will continue to operate as full Mobile Market sites. We will operate three markets each week, so three sites will be served one week, and three other sites the next week. These sites are:
Wednesdays 3-6pm (alternating each week):
- Mayfair
- Bellevue Library
Fridays 3-6pm (alternating each week):
- Edgewood
- Oxon Run Park
Saturdays 10am-1pm (alternating each week):
- Anacostia
- Deanwood Recreation Center

Detailed Schedule Below

Four of the market sites are too small or otherwise physically restrictive for a socially-distant market to operate. Instead of regular markets, we will operate pre-order pickup sites at these four locations. Every Thursday from 3-5pm we will be at one of the four sites, rotating each week to a different site. Pre-orders are REQUIRED for these sites. There will not be any on-site shopping. Pre-order Pickup ONLY sites are:
- Hendley Elementary School
- The Park at LeDroit
- Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center
- Chinatown Wah Luck House

Detailed Schedule Below

We plan to continue this schedule through October 31, 2020, but will advertise the market schedule one month at a time. Please familiarize yourself with our June schedule below and share it with your networks!

August 2020 Market Schedule:

Saturday, August 1: 10am-1pm – Anacostia
13th ST SE & W St. SE

Wednesday, August 5: 3-6pm – Bellevue Library
115 Atlantic St. SW

Friday, August 7: 3-6pm – Oxon Run Park
Wheeler Rd. SE & Valley Ave. SE

Saturday, August 8: 10am-1pm – Deanwood Rec. Center
48th St. NE & Minnesota Ave. NE

Wednesday, August 12: 3-6pm – Mayfair
Kenilworth Terrace NE & Burnham Place NE

Friday, August 14: 3-6pm – Edgewood
Edgewood St. NE & Evarts St. NE

Saturday, August 15: 10am-1pm – Anacostia
13th ST SE & W St. SE

Wednesday, August 19: 3-6pm – Bellevue Library
115 Atlantic St. SW

Friday, August 21: 3-6pm – Oxon Run Park
Wheeler Rd. SE & Valley Ave. SE

Saturday, August 22: 10am-1pm – Deanwood Rec. Center
48th St. NE & Minnesota Ave. NE

Wednesday, August 26: 3-6pm – Mayfair
Kenilworth Terrace NE & Burnham Place NE

Friday, August 28: 3-6pm – Edgewood
Edgewood St. NE & Evarts St. NE

Saturday, August 29: 10am-1pm – Anacostia
13th ST SE & W St. SE

Market rules:

If you are sick, stay home! Only one household member should attend. Face masks are required! Stay 6 feet from others. No pets allowed. Customers must not touch products before purchase. Keep your Market visit brief.

Pre-Orders:

Pre-ordering is only available for Thursday pickup sites. We anticipate resuming pre-ordering at markets once Produce Plus Direct ends at the end of September. Thank you to all of you who have place pre-orders thus far! And thank you for your patience and support as we've continued to work through the logistics of an especially challenging year!

We will still have a large selection at every market, so we hope to be able to meet your needs with what is available at market.

August Pre-Order ONLY Pickup sites:

There is no on-site shopping at these sites. Pickup and payment for pre-orders ONLY! You can also place pre-orders for pickup at market sites!

Thursday, August 6: 3-5pm – The Park at LeDroit
3rd St. NW & Elm St. NW

Thursday, August 13: 3-5pm – Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center
3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Thursday, August 20: 1-3pm Chinatown Wah Luck House
800 6th St. NW

Thursday, August 27: 3-5pm – Hendley Elementary
425 Chesapeake St. SE

How to place a bulk pre-order:

Step 1: Sign up for the Mobile Market Newsletter at:
https://tinyurl.com/mmnewslettersignup
OR
Sign up for text alerts by texting “arcadia” to 66599

We’ll send out the pre-order availability list every Friday for the following week.

Step 2: Follow the link in the newsletter or text message to place your order online. Orders are due by Monday at Noon for pickup that week.

Step 3: Go to your selected pickup location at the correct day and time to pay for and pick up your order. Cash, Credit, SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP accepted.

 

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About the Mobile Markets

Arcadia’s Mobile Markets are farm-stands-on-wheels that distribute local, sustainably produced food to underserved communities in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about the program, watch this video featuring the Mobile Market.

The mission of Arcadia’s Mobile Markets is to improve access to healthy, affordable food regardless of where you live or how much you earn. The Markets does this by operating regularly scheduled stops in low-income, food-insecure communities; offering high quality, locally grown, sustainably produced farm products at affordable prices; accepting all forms of payment, including food assistance benefits; doubling the purchasing power of food assistance benefits through a “Bonus Bucks” program; and providing educational resources for how to prepare the market’s offerings in nutritious, cost-effective, delicious, and easy ways.

 

Arcadia’s Mobile Markets include the following program areas:

Food access

We operate weekly market stops at community and recreation centers, low-income living facilities, parks, and healthcare providers. We accept federal food assistance benefits such as SNAP/EBT (formerly known as "Food Stamps"), WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), Senior FMNP vouchers (Farmers' Market Nutrition Program), and feature a “Bonus Bucks” program to double the purchasing power of these benefits. The Markets also participate in Washington, DC's Produce Plus Program.

Education

We provide recipes and cooking demonstrations of easy ways to prepare fresh food, offer pre-screenings for SNAP/EBT, and provide resources for getting healthy, affordable food in the Washington, DC area. The Mobile Market also makes educational visits to schools to teach students about where food comes from, healthy eating, and the local food system. For information about our Mobile Market school visits, including how to schedule a visit, please visit our Mobile Market Education page. To learn more about the program’s mission and activities, watch this video about Education on the Mobile Market.

Community engagement

We partner with local ANCs, neighborhood and association groups, institutions, and other established nonprofit organizations to conduct outreach and garner community support. To learn more about the community response, watch this video about Arcadia’s Mobile Market Stop at Parkside-Kenilworth in DC.

We believe that access to sustainably grown food is a right for everyone, regardless of income or residency. In the District of Columbia, nearly a quarter of all residents are considered low-income, many of whom live in “food deserts” with few nutritious, affordable food options. Low-incomes and inadequate access to healthy food are associated with higher rates of diet-related diseases. Research shows that better access to wholesome foods, coupled with comprehensive nutrition education, fosters healthy habits that lead to lower obesity rates. To that effect, Arcadia’s Mobile Market is establishing a more equitable system of distributing food and nutrition education in our community.

The majority of the Mobile Market's offerings are grown at Arcadia Farm, allowing us to offer produce at affordable prices. To supplement our offerings, the Mobile Market sources from Arcadia's agricultural partners, all of whom are within about 125 miles of DC and include local sustainable producers such as Bainum Foundation Farm, Ayrshire Farm, Chocolate & Tomatoes Farm, Three Springs Fruit Farm, Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative, Local Food Hub and The Common Market. Are you a farmer and want to work with the Mobile Market? Please contact Erin Close at Erin@Arcadiafood.org.

 

 

Mobile Market Annual Reports

Arcadia is committed to sharing best practices, and to helping other mobile market programs get on the road.  

2019 Market Reports:

2019 General Mobile Market Report

2019 Mobile Market Report - Ward 7

2019 Mobile Market Report - Ward 8

 

Archived Market Reports:

2012 Mobile Market “How To” Guide | 1st Year Report is available for free download here.  

Arcadia’s Mobile Market 2nd Year (2013) | Follow-Up Report is available for free download here.   

Arcadia’s Mobile Market 3rd Year (2014) Report is available for free download here.

 

Are you starting a mobile market?  In need of a consult?

Arcadia’s Mobile Market staff are also available for one-on-one telephone consultations.  If you or your organization requires further information and insight into the launching and operations of a mobile market, please feel free to email the contact below.

Contact

Mobile Market Staff at Mobilemarket@arcadiafood.org

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